Herbe à Détourne | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Herbe à DétourneHerbe à Détourne

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
According to legend, Herbe à Détourne makes one lose their way should they happen upon it. This is an ale inspired by the Triples of Belgium with a new world spin by way of the American hop varieties employed. Citra hops are used unabashedly, presenting mango, cantaloupe and citrus essences, accompanied by a seriously hoppy and floral aroma.

Added by Viggo on 06-08-2010

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Ratings: 265 |  Reviews: 94
Reviews by OtherShoe2:
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright pale orange with an off-white slight head and a ring of retention. A little clingy lace.

Citric hops and boozy tropical fruit in the nose.

Citric ring happiness up front. Peaches, tropical fruit and booze and yeast. Bitterness comes thru later. Nice citric rind hop bitterness in a long finish.

Fuller bodied, modest carbonation.

Tasty and different. Nice blend of styles.

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Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Jimmy's No. 43, New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has some amber hues. It poured with a thin layer of off white bubbles and has relatively good retention properties as the head never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of tropical fruits in the nose—pineapple seems to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of tropical fruits and a light amount of bitterness. There are some hints of spices and no sweetness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer tastes strong but for the most part the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. The amount of hops seems to be very unique for the style, which almost tastes more like a hybrid between a tripel and an IPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just when you thought that craft brewer creativity was running out, we get the masterful brewers at Dieu Du Ciel splicing together the time honored Abbey-style Tripel with trendy Citra hops. Its results really bring to life the fruit-forward and acute bitterness that which Tripel Ales are well known.

Pouring a hazy gold color with a peach tinge, its opaque sheen gleams like a nightlight when back lit. As the beer settles, a vibrant cotton-white froth pulls from the beer's body and adorns it with a cap of sturdy foam. Retaining solidly, the foam does settle but is quickly regenerated with a gentle swirl, leaving waves of lace on the glass at each turn.

Bright fruit aromas pull ahead of its balancing spice with ease. Ripe oranges and tangerines fuse with ruby red grapefruit for a full citrus scent. There's an element of tropical passion fruit and mango that contributes to the nose but its the citrus that takes center stage. A background set of notes from yeast and hops peak through with white wine acidity, white pepper, clove, coriander, white pepper, fresh cut grass and a slim glimmer of cannabis.

Flavors are straight up of freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juices. Nearly overtaking the 'beer' components, its fruitiness dominates it taste. But it does so with the teeth churning combination of confectioner's sugar in maltiness and pleasant acidity. Its balance of vinous white wine, light straw, grass and hay support the fruit well but hardly rival its intensity. Its dry taste in finish allows a slight biscuit sweetness to remind the palate that this is still ale.

Medium-bodied, the favors early creaminess over any champagne-like zestiness. But the ale relies on its exorbitant strength and high hop rates to assist in dryness, cleanliness and crispness. The ale trails with citrus and white grape acidity before a medium-dry closure.

Dieu Du Ciel really knows how to build a beer! Every risk they take pans out spectacularly. And that's exactly what they do here. They completely rip apart the balance that makes Tripels so great, but they put it back together with the citrusy American hops at the forefront and it doesn't just remember the base style, it might actually reinvent it!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just a fantastic beer, but everything these guys make is that good. its a tripel, but only loosely here. so much hops, all citra, as to almost render it not recognizable to its original style base. the color is a hazy straw, with a short lived less than an inch of white head. the nose is all citra, i mean, there isnt even a chance that its another hop, its pure citra, bitter and oily both, and the taste agrees, all citra here. lemon curd and tang and bitterness, in with a grain bill thats fairly complex, and a belgian yeast strain that has some fruit, but cant touch the fruitiness of the hops themselves. easily the fruitiest example of the style i have ever seen, and as good as all of the beers are from these guys, now in my mind one of the premier brewers in the world. i never really loved tripel ales, but this is a game changer.

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Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of talbotjf99
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kingcrowing
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a wine glass.

Pours a hazy amber with a nice big pillowy white head. Nose is Hoppy, fresh and a bit fruity/funky.

Taste is quite sharp and hoppy with a nice light funk. Mouthfeel is light and dry, super drinkable. There's a good light tart taste, quite good.

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of slainte35
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Schlafly33
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of JasonFromLA
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of justme
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A lot of fruit taste with a slight bitter finish

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Photo of JonnyBeers
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle. "A diversion via the herb" - so I can only expect and heavily anticipate.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, medium golden hue, with two fingers of puffy and foamy off-white head, which leaves some broken honeycombed lace around the glass as it steadily abates.

It smells of strong citrusy hops, lesser, but still hefty pine oil, a bit of earthy yeast, savoury spices - clove and nutmeg, primarily - with a sugary pale malt backbone, adrift in a pool of alcohol serenity. The taste is more zingy orange/pineapple/kiwi citrus goodness, a continuing moderate spiciness, some persistent grainy pale malt, and a nice simmering booziness.

The carbonation is a bit prickly, but hardly distracting in this mealy morass, the body a sturdy middleweight, and perhaps a bit airy from the lingering bubbles and hovering alcohol, which cast a dull shadow over any claims to outright smoothness. It finishes sweet from the antagonized malt, warm, and still agreeably hoppy from the workaholic guest star.

Hmmm, take a Belgian standard, and hop it to the nuts with a sexy New World varietal? The result: damned fine, I must say, but, riddle me this - why is this not a Belgian IPA? Oh, who cares, I suppose - it's worthy all on its own.

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Photo of Tmappin
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very good, on tap at WVRST. Really hoppy and drinkable, the combination making for a great Belgian IPA. Funky aroma. Orange colour. Thick lace sheet.Above average mouthfeel from the significnat yeast, that adds sweetness and does not track from the edgy citrus hops.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter
A - Pours an opaque soft orange with small head
S - Aroma is muted, a little malt, just a little hops and citrus
T - Interesting flavor, sweet, some hops, citrus and a little pepper.
M - Low carbonation and medium mouth feel.
O - Very interesting beer, unique flavor for a Tripel. Citra hops dominate. Does not drink like a 10.2% ABV beer. If this was on tap you could get into some serious trouble. I like it and you should try it!

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Photo of blabaer
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of phirleh
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Nice white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Citrus hops. Strong belgian yeast. Very fruity. Candy and doughy sweetness.

Taste - Orangey fruit. Sweet malts. A little yeasty. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Lacks a bit of crispness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Good tripel. The hop bitterness could be higher. Just a little to heavy.

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Herbe à Détourne from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 265 ratings